“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as
the health of their women.” — Michelle Obama
Don’t enter the kitchen! Don’t enter the temple. Don’t touch the pickles.
Don’t come in contact with men. Don’t swim. Don’t wash your hair. These
are some of the strictures still in place for women during their monthly
period in parts of India, where old wives’ tales about women’s impurity
during menstruation persist. Based on a recent study by a sanitary towel
manufacturer found that 75% of women living in cities still buy their pads
wrapped in brown bag or newspaper because of the shame associated with
menstruation. Why are women treated as untouchable during menstruation
in our society? Why are the chapters…show more content… The menstrual cycle and the lunar (moon cycle) are of 28 days!
Charting menstrual periods according to the moon is one of the oldest forms
of menstrual calendars. In fact, it is believed that the first calendars were
based upon women’s charts of their menstrual cycles and moon cycles.
Menstruating women had to remain in seclusion until their period
Menstruating women were considered to have special power during
menstruation which, if not used proper could harm others. In addition, the
practical reason was predatory coming for the kill due to the smell of the
blood. To save the community they were kept in seclusion huts or also called
moon huts were they performed sacred rituals for the benefit of the
community. Women who came out of the seclusion hut were revered for
their vision and wisdom gained during this time and often guided the
community as to where to go for hunting.
Menstruation blood is impure
All the blood, even that in men has originated from menstrual blood.
Menstrual blood in ancient times was considered powerful and potent. It was
used in many rituals and magic making quotient. In fact one study says